To unlock the secrets of a bottle of wine, people can either take a measured sip and analyze the complex bouquet of flavors or peel back the label to sneak a peek at the wine's private diary. Unlock the secrets of the vine with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get a wine tasting for one at Cycles Gladiator in Lodi (a $50 value).
Cycles Gladiator's wine tastings pair the complex flavors and seductive aromas of fruit-driven wines from California’s coastal vineyards in Monterey County. Inspired by the classic French bicycle poster bearing its name, Cycles peppers its recently renovated, historic tasting room with bike apparel and gifts. Visitors sample sips from a selection of more than 20 types of wine, with 12 bottles open at any given time. Like the 007s of the James Bond universe, wines at the tasting vary, although velvety libations in the past have included offerings from Cycles Gladiator, Copa del Rey, Huntington, and Homage. Wet whistles and tongue flutes with vintages ranging from light sauvignon blancs and smooth petite sirahs to full-bodied merlots and pinot noirs. Chat with fellow connoisseurs while unfurling a blanket in the surrounding picnic area, or balance tipples while playing bocce on one of two courts. Guests will take home keepsakes including a Cycles Gladiator hat, corkscrew, and poster, as well as one bottle of wine to compete against a neighbor in a cork-firing contest.